Monday, April 20, 2009

Lonely Redhead


For the past three weekends I have encountered a single Redhead Duck during my weekly visits to the lake.

While researching this duck one source noted that this species has suffered from habitat destruction and hunting to the point that it is now one of the least common of the North American ducks. Other sources referred to it as the most common breeding diving duck in the United States. Although the information from these sources seems to conflict perhaps they are both correct as many of our diving ducks nest in Canada.

What ever the correct information is remains a question for me but I can attest to seeing one lonely Redhead during each of my visits and this is the best photograph I have captured to date.

14 comments:

Shellmo said...

This is a beautiful photo! Sad to hear about its possible decline due to habitat destruction. Seems to be the case w/ many of our birds - sad to say.

Montanagirl said...

Nice photo! I have never seen one of these before.

Happy Days said...

I've never seen one either, but he/she has a really pretty bill - it's different colors. He looks pretty bobbing in the blue water...debbie

Robert V. Sobczak said...

I love a good hydro-biological mystery, especially when conflicting streams of data or thought are involved. It's interesting to unravel where both came from, usually each has a few threads of truth. And great shot: I've never seen one myself.

Natural Moments said...

I think I have only seen Redheads in Alaska. Its wonderful that you had the chance to experience one up close.

Old Wom Tigley said...

I see birds around here that are now rare in other parts of England... and then of course birds such as our sparrows and starlings are not to be see for weeks. At one time our garden was full of them.
I have enjoyed seeing and reading about your wildfowl and seeing ones we do not get over here.

Chris said...

Lonely but beautiful. This is a very nice picture, taken with a low angle. Perfect.

fishing guy said...

Salty: I certainly see where it gets its name. It is a neat photo.

Ranger said...

Coy: I saw the sme duck Saturday evening after we talked in the morning. I was back fishing and able to get quit close to it unfortunatly no camera.

Good shot.

Bird Girl said...

I like Red-heads. Nice shot! I often see lone ducks and always think it is odd for a bird to be so alone in a large body of water.

photowannabe said...

That's a rather sad story and commentery on whats happening to our wildlife.
Great capture of a very pretty bird. I don't think I have ever seen one of those before.

Meggie said...

Outstanding photo, what a beautiful duck!

Steve B said...

This is scary. I used to see hundreds of Redheads in the Prince Lakes in Boulder County, CO. Recently the area has been developed, say in the last 7 years. All of the thousands of Pintails have gone. I don't know how the readhead are doing there.

April said...

I've just seen a redhead, and how beautiful. I hope it comes back to visit again!! Somewhere in the Pa. Mountains..... 05/19/2010